Though we wish they were, our pets are not invulnerable. Bad things can happen to them, and when they do, we need to know whether to take them to get emergency vet care or not. Here are just a few such issues that warrant a trip to the advanced veterinary care centers.
- Blood in Urine or Stool – If your dog has any blood in its urine or stool, it should go to a pet wellness center. Bloodly urine or feces is indicative of internal bleeding, which if left unchecked, can prove to be fatal. Failing that, there may also be something else that’s seriously wrong, such as an issue with the dog’s kidneys. Try to save some of the stool, if possible, so that the veterinarian technician can test it.
- Seizures – A number of different causes can trigger pets to have seizures. Poison, liver disease, low or high blood sugar, kidney disease, electrolyte problems, anemia, head injury, encephalitis, strokes, and brain cancer can all cause seizures, which is what makes them so particularly troubling.
- Severe Vomitting or Diarrhea. – All dogs sometimes vomit or have diarrhea, but if it’s a particularly severe bout, you may want to consider taking your pet to get emergency vet care. If your dog has more than two episodes in a 24-hour period, or both symptoms simultaneously on top of another issue, you should definitely go see the vet, as there’s clearly something wrong.
If your dog has blood in its urine or stool, has trouble with seizures, or is suffering from severe bouts of vomitting and diarrhea, then you need to take your furry friend to the vet’s.
If you’re still unsure whether or not to take your dog to get emergency vet care, you should at least call the vet’s, explain the problem, and let them decide. If you have any questions, feel free to share in the comments.